Thai, British ministers discuss security, defense ties

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BANGKOK – Thailand and the United Kingdom have discussed plans to strengthen bilateral security and defense cooperation.

The Ministry of Defense released a statement summarizing Deputy Prime Minister/Defense Minister Pravit Wongsuwan’s visit to the UK during 12-15 September 2017 saying that he held talk with his UK counterpart Sir Michael Fallon about the enhancement of security and national defense cooperation in such areas as military training, education, intelligence exchange, amended military logistics, peacekeeping operations, and defense industry.

The British defense minister praised Thailand for its participation in the UN peacekeeping operation in South Sudan, and in arranging a Panther Gold military exercise between both countries which will be launched for the first time during 30 October – 1 December 2017 in Kanchanaburi.

The Thai defense minister reassured Thailand is willing to extend the cooperation with the UK in all aspects as both countries have long enjoyed good relationships.